ALEXANDRIA, La. – First Year Head Coach Curtis Loyd only needed a few months to adjust to his new gig. His team got off to a slow start as they were 1-5 after their first six games. He delivered the famous words that coaches say, "we will learn from this and get better." The only difference between him and most coaches who say that is that he actually meant it.
The Pilots went 17-3 after their rocky start and was unbeaten just past the midway point in conference play but finished in second place behind Our Lady of the Lake who claimed the top spot for the 5th consecutive year. Oh by the way, Coach Loyd's Pilots were the only team to beat the top team this season in the RRAC.
"I'm extremely proud of Curtis," said LSUS Athletic Director Lucas Morgan. "He has been the ultimate professional since stepping foot on our campus and we are fortunate he chose LSUS. His development of players is second to none and he is exactly what a head coach should be. He is a class act and to be named the RRAC Coach of the Year is well deserved."
Coach Loyd's team's high tempo defense makes things a bit more enticing as fans flocked to The Dock all season to see one of the top teams in the league night in and night out. "First of all let me say how proud I am of this team," said Loyd. "But there is still a lot more basketball that we want to play."
"To get this award from your peers is a true sign of respect, and I am speechless and honored to receive this from them," said Coach Loyd of his counterparts who voted him the coaches' top honor for the conference. "This is a team award and I would like to than my AD Lucas Morgan for giving me an opportunity to be a head coach. I would not be here without my assistant coaches and staff who have allowed me to do what I love to do and that is coach. I would like to thank my players for believing in what we are asking them to do. And lastly I would like to thank my wife and my family for supporting me all the years that I have been coaching. I certainly could not be doing what I am doing without their continued support."
This season Coach Loyd coached a team that he did not recruit since he was hired so close to the school year beginning but turned them into a contender for the regular season title which is quite impressive. He had three players make the All-RRAC First Team, which is almost unheard of to have that many on the first team, Kourtney Pennywell (SR/Shreveport, Louisiana), Courtney Randle (SR/Lamarque, Texas) and Quiana Tucker (SR/Stone Mountain, Georgia) while KP brought home the Player of the Year trophy.
In addition to the first teamers, Johnesha Major (SR/DeSoto, Texas) was a honorable mention selection while Randle was named as the school's representative on the Champions of Character team.
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